September 29, 2020

Canada, UK impose sanctions on Belarus

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The Gist

On Tuesday, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Belarus' President A. Lukashenko, his son, and other senior government officials. 

The List

  • The sanctions will include an immediate travel ban and asset freeze.
  • “We will hold those responsible for the thuggery deployed against the Belarusian people to account," said UK's Foreign Secretary D. Raab.
  • Belarus's presidential election is widely considered to have been rigged - Lukashenko claims to have won 80 percent of the vote.
  • The election was followed by massive waves of protests, 12,000 people have been arrested in a crackdown on protesters.
  • The EU has promised to sanction Lukashenko's regime as well, however, the sanctions have been vetoed by Cyprus.

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